Basketball Coach Resume Examples

Basketball coaches use their leadership skills and deep knowledge of the game to bring out a team’s absolute best. While writing and documentation are usually part of the job, they’re not the main focus, so you may feel at a disadvantage in organizing your information for a resume.

The following guide can help. We have provided examples and advice about:

  • •   Highlighting your relevant work history on the page
  • •   Choosing the right skills and verbs for your resume
  • •   Aligning your resume with a basketball job that interests you

Downloadable Resume Examples

Entry-level
Basketball-Coach_Entry-level.pdf

Example #1 Entry-level

Mid-career
Basketball-Coach_Mid-career.pdf

Example #2 Mid-career

Senior-level
Basketball-Coach_Senior-level.pdf

Example #3 Senior-level

Basketball Coach Text-Only Resume Examples

Years of Experience
  • Entry-level Entry-level
  • Mid-career Mid-career
  • Senior-level Senior-level

Selena Ramirez
(123) 456-7890
your[email protected]
123 Bridge Street, Boston, MA 12345

Profile

Basketball Coach with strong recent work experience. Drive consistent team excellence by actively developing each player’s skills and talents.

Work Experience

Basketball Coach, University of Boston, Boston, MA
August 2021 to Present

  • Coordinate and oversee team activities and practice schedule
  • Work with individual team members to develop and update personalized training and conditioning plans
  • Ensure team is fully prepared for each game

Delivery Driver, Domino’s Pizza, Boston, MA
Summers 2018 and 2019

  • Gained strong sense of team collaboration working with cooks, servers, and managers to fulfill food and drink orders

Education

Bachelor of Science (BS) Physical Education
Boston College, Boston, MA, 2017 – 2021
3.6 GPA cum laude

Key Skills

  • Coaching & Mentoring
  • Cross-Departmental Collaboration
  • Game Day Preparation
  • Game Strategy
  • Physical Education
  • Player Training & Conditioning
  • Practice Scheduling
  • Skill Evaluation & Development
  • Sportsmanship
  • Team Leadership & Motivation
  • Team Reporting & Analytics

Yaling Zhang
(123) 456-7890
[email protected]
123 Santa Maria, San Francisco, CA 12345

Profile

Basketball Coach with 5+ years of experience. Committed to helping maximize each team member’s contribution and athletic performance. Strategically select and substitute players to improve group chemistry and collaboration toward defeating competitors.

Work Experience

Coach Men’s Basketball, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
February 2021 to Present

  • Determine and execute viable game plays based on close review of opposing team’s strategy
  • Foster strong relationships with other coaches, teachers, and faculty members
  • Maintain and update detailed team reports and analytics

Manager, QRS Stores, San Francisco, CA
April 2020 to February 2021

  • Honed team leadership skills overseeing a top-ranked, 10-person group at this retail location

Coach Men’s Basketball, University High School, San Francisco, CA
April 2017 to April 2020

  • Continually evaluated each player’s contribution to pinpoint strengths and areas for improvement
  • Ensured team members’ thorough understanding of all game rules
  • Collaborated with scouts to find and recruit high-potential new team members

Education

Bachelor’s Degree (BS) Physical Education
University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 2013 – 2017

Key Skills

  • Athletics Program Development
  • Coaching & Mentoring
  • Cross-Departmental Collaboration
  • Game Day Preparation
  • Game Strategy
  • Physical Education
  • Player Training & Conditioning
  • Practice Scheduling
  • Skill Evaluation & Development
  • Sportsmanship
  • Talent Scouting & Recruiting
  • Team Leadership & Motivation
  • Team Reporting & Analytics

Anthony Gentile
(123) 456-7890
[email protected]
123 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 12345

Profile

Head Basketball Coach with 10+ years of advancement and experience. Dedicated to motivating excellence and instilling sportsmanship in each team member. Contributed to recent growth and success of a large university’s athletics program.

Work Experience

Head Basketball Coach, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA
April 2018 to Present

  • Coordinated a turnaround for this struggling basketball program as part of a broader athletics revitalization at the school
  • Train and educate team members on effective techniques and game strategies
  • Co-organize team promotions and fundraising efforts

Basketball Coach, University High School, San Diego, CA
April 2012 to April 2018

  • Set and executed game strategies based on close assessment of the other team’s strengths and vulnerabilities
  • Promoted each athlete’s sense of work ethic, collaboration, and sportsmanship
  • Strategically selected and substituted players during each game

Education

Bachelor of Science Degree (BS) Physical Education
University of California, San Diego, 2008 – 2012

Key Skills

  • Athletics Program Development
  • Coaching & Mentoring
  • Cross-Departmental Collaboration
  • Game Day Preparation
  • Game Strategy
  • Physical Education
  • Player Training & Conditioning
  • Practice Scheduling
  • Skill Evaluation & Development
  • Sportsmanship
  • Talent Scouting & Recruiting
  • Team Leadership & Motivation
  • Team Reporting & Analytics

Tips for Writing a Better Basketball Coach Resume

1. Set a clear focus

The best advice for writing a resume is “keep your eye on the ball.” Resumes have to focus on a particular job goal and view everything else in light of that goal to be effective. You can achieve this focus by fleshing out your descriptions for any basketball coaching jobs you’ve held while paring back your descriptions for any unrelated jobs. Often a great resume strategy for unrelated jobs is to focus your narrative on any “soft skills” you gained there that now complement your overall skill set.

Example:

Manager, QRS Stores, San Francisco, CA

April 2020 to February 2021

  • Honed team leadership skills overseeing a top-ranked, 10-person group at this retail location

 

2. Avoid repeating job details

You may have been told to “be concise” on your resume. A better way to understand this tip is that you should never repeat information unnecessarily. Case in point: often, your given job title will “do the work” of telling your core function and basic duties, so you don’t have to. For instance, when you list your job title as “Coach, Men’s Basketball,” don’t start the corresponding job description with “Coached and organized a men’s basketball team.” Instead, go right into the job highlights. and you’ll have a better chance of keeping the hiring manager’s attention.

Example:

Coach, Men’s Basketball, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

February 2021 to Present

  • Determine and execute viable game plays based on close review of opposing team’s strategy
  • Foster strong relationships with other coaches, teachers, and faculty members
  • Maintain and update detailed team reports and analytics

 

3. Include a profile summary

Write a paragraph summary of your top qualifications at the top of your resume (just under the contact header). This paragraph should briefly describe your overall experience and record of success. It’s also a great place to mention your communication style or other “soft skills.” Including a profile section lets you train the hiring manager’s attention primarily on your unique professional strengths.

Example:

Head Basketball Coach with 10+ years of advancement and experience. Dedicated to motivating excellence and instilling sportsmanship in each team member. Contributed to recent growth and success of a large university’s athletics program.

Key Skills Hiring Managers Look for on Basketball Coach Resumes

Basketball coaches must have detailed knowledge of the game (usually having played it themselves), plus the leadership skills to bring out a team’s very best. You can showcase this broad expertise and ability in a “Key Skills” section appearing below the profile on your resume. Consider including any of the terms below:

Key Skills and Proficiencies
Athletics Program Development Coaching
Cross-Departmental Collaboration Game Day Preparation
Game Strategy Mentoring
Physical Education Player Training & Conditioning
Practice Scheduling Skill Evaluation & Development
Sportsmanship Talent Scouting & Recruiting
Team Leadership & Motivation Team Reporting & Analytics

Common Action Verbs for Basketball Coach Resumes

Even with an active job like yours, finding the right action verbs for a resume can be challenging. To help you, we’ve put together this list of strong resume verbs. As you look over the options, keep in mind that the best resume verbs will show you creating or changing something for the better, rather than simply handling a task. While a verb like Managed is OK, it’s less impressive than a verb like Enhanced or Increased.

Action Verbs
Coached Collaborated
Coordinated Developed
Drove Educated
Fostered Helped
Improved Maintained
Maximized Oversaw
Planned Prepared
Reviewed Scheduled
Strategized Substituted
Trained Updated

How to Align Your Basketball Coach Resume With the Job Description

What kinds of schools and teams have you coached for? And what age group(s) of basketball players? Keep details like these in mind when looking at basketball coach jobs that interest you. If a posting includes information on the team, school, or community that overlaps with your background, mention that in your resume profile. Taking this extra step will make your resume more relevant to the job, and therefore, more likely to attract the hiring manager’s notice.

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Jacob Meade

Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW, ACRW)

Jacob Meade is a resume writer and editor with nearly a decade of experience. His writing method centers on understanding and then expressing each person’s unique work history and strengths toward their career goal. Jacob has enjoyed working with jobseekers of all ages and career levels, finding that a clear and focused resume can help people from any walk of life. He is an Academy Certified Resume Writer (ACRW) with the Resume Writing Academy, and a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) with the Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches.